Roasted chicken breast with tar­ragon and cumquat stuff­ing with as­para­gus

SERVES 4-6 PREP AND COOK TIME 45 MIN­UTES (+ COOL­ING AND STAND­ING TIME)

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2 ta­ble­spoons dried or can­died kumquats or glacé or­anges

¼ cup (60ml) ver­juice

160g un­salted but­ter, at room tem­per­a­ture, chopped

2 ta­ble­spoons fresh French tar­ragon, chopped coarsely

2 ta­ble­spoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf pars­ley

4 x 250g-300g free-range chicken breast fil­lets, skin on (see Mag­gie’s tip)

2 ta­ble­spoons ex­tra vir­gin olive oil

3 bunches (500g) as­para­gus

40g un­salted but­ter, ex­tra, melted

1 Place the kumquats and ver­juice in a small mi­crowave-safe bowl; mi­crowave on the De­frost set­ting for 1 minute or un­til the kumquats are plump and hy­drated. Cool. Drain the kumquats, re­serv­ing any ver­juice. Chop the kumquats coarsely.

2 Pre­heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

3 Com­bine the but­ter, kumquats, tar­ragon and pars­ley in a medium bowl with your hands – this stops the in­gre­di­ents from break­ing up too much. Di­vide the but­ter mix­ture into quar­ters. Push one quar­ter of the mix­ture gen­tly un­der the skin of each chicken breast, then run your hand over the skin to cre­ate a smooth sur­face.

4 Heat half the oil in a large fry­ing pan over medium–high heat. Sea­son chicken with sea salt and freshly ground black pep­per; cook un­til golden on both sides. Trans­fer chicken to a shal­low-sided oven tray; re­peat with re­main­ing oil and chicken. Roast the chicken for about 15 min­utes or un­til golden and cooked through. Re­move chicken from the oven; driz­zle with any re­served ver­juice and leave to rest in a warm spot for 10–15 min­utes.

5 Mean­while, snap off the thick woody ends of as­para­gus; trim ends to neaten. Bring a medium saucepan of wa­ter to the boil over high heat with a good pinch of sea salt. Cook as­para­gus for 2-3 min­utes or un­til just ten­der; drain. Im­me­di­ately brush as­para­gus with ex­tra but­ter.

6 Serve chicken with as­para­gus.

Not suit­able to freeze. Kumquats and as­para­gus suit­able to mi­crowave.

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